Former Geto Boys member Willie D plead guilty today in a Houston, Texas court to wire fraud charges. As Hip-Hop Wired previously reported, Willie was arrested for selling iphones on the Internet and originally plead not guilty to 15 counts.
Willie D, real name William James Dennis, allegedly posed as an online salesman for a company that was selling the iPhone. Dennis would then proceed to take the orders through eBay as well and other online channels.
The crime being considered is once the funds were sent; they were transferred into the rapper’s account. In order to fool the buyers, he sent out fake tracking numbers, but never sent them the iPhone. When the buyers tried to get in contact and figure out where their purchase was, Dennis reportedly told them that their package was lost in the mail. He would not provide refunds for the buyers until he was able to find the whereabouts of the alleged phone.
The case was made known when an overseas purchaser made a complaint with the authorities which makes the crime international.
Returning from a trip overseas, Dennis was detained by federal authorities at Bush Intercontinental after being indicted for his relationship with a company named Texas One Wireless. He was released on bail in May after posting bond.
Willie D will be sentenced on April 23, 2010 and could spend up 20 years in the bing and is looking at a $250-thousand fine.